Apparently there is more than one way to load a dishwasher!
This is news to me. I have loaded it the same way since we got one when I was a kid. Except for a few small silverware concessions I made when I got a new dishwasher a few years ago, my methods have not changed in 30+ years. That’s 30+ years of loading it THE RIGHT WAY.
the only way
Or so I thought.
I came home from work the other day to this:
As is clearly illustrated in the above picture all the big plates are facing away from the silverware and the bowls are where the little plates go. This is MADNESS. Everyone knows the plates face TOWARDS the silverware. Everyone. Knows. And where are the little plates supposed to go??? Up top where glasses, cups and bowls go??? How will anything get clean in the midst of this dishwasher anarchy?
But at the same time all this was going through my head, I knew I needed to temper my extensive dishwasher loading knowledge with the fact that while I was not home the dishwasher had been emptied and loaded. This is not something that one should complain about.
So I stood there a moment, frozen and conflicted thinking that if I take everything out and put it back in the right way I shall never again come home to this situation. But, if I leave it all loaded wrong it will never get clean and an odd uneasiness will settle over the kitchen, possibly forever…
I shook off the feeling of impending doom and said “thanks for cleaning the kitchen!” I put the soap in and closed the door without changing the oddness that was going on inside that poor, confused machine. I left the kitchen and went outside to make a smudge stick out of sage to burn and cleanse the bad juju that was sure to be left from such a horrendous departure from the natural order of the universe.
After the dishwasher finished, I opened it expecting the worst.
Somehow against all odds the dishes were just as clean as if they had gone in the correct way. The only explanation I have for this is MAYBE I NEED TO LIGHTEN THE HELL UP WHEN IT COMES TO DISHWASHER LOADING.
It won’t be easy.